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Jessica Holdman / Post and Courier:
Attorney General Barr tells SC reporters he's found a legal recourse on Census question … Attorney General William Barr walks with South Carolina Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott for a press conference at FCI Edgefield on Monday, Jan. 8, 2019.  Barr said ti expect an announcement …
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Mike Balsamo / Associated Press:
Barr sees a way for census to legally ask about citizenship  —  EDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — Attorney General William Barr said Monday that he sees a legal path to adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, despite a Supreme Court ruling that blocked its inclusion, at least temporarily.
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Barr: Mueller's Hill testimony will be ‘public spectacle’  —  EDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — Attorney General William Barr says Democrats are trying to create a “public spectacle” by subpoenaing Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress about the Russia investigation.
Discussion: Splinter and Political Wire
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Dems to pursue criminal contempt for William Barr, Wilbur Ross over census  —  House Democratic leaders plan to move forward with criminal contempt proceedings against Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for defying congressional subpoenas for documents related to the 2020 census …
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Barr says Trump administration can legally add citizenship question to census
CNN:   Congressional Democrats subpoena Trump organization
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New York Times:
Nude Photos of Girls Seized From Jeffrey Epstein Mansion  —  The prosecutors are seeking to detain the financier while he awaits trial on sexual trafficking charges, saying he is a flight risk.  —  Investigators seized nude photographs of young women from the Manhattan townhouse of Jeffrey Epstein …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Epstein Arrest Is a Worry for Donald Trump  —  The man facing accusations of sex-trafficking and pedophilia has been associated with many high-profile figures, including the U.S. president.  —  At some point in a Manhattan courtroom on Monday, Jeffrey Epstein, a prominent money manager …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Democratic congresswoman unlikely to return contribution from accused child molester Jeffrey Epstein
Washington Post:
Financier Jeffrey Epstein charged with federal sex trafficking crimes involving minors
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Sen. Mitch McConnell's great-great-grandfathers owned 14 slaves, bringing reparations issue close to home  —  McConnell has opposed paying reparations to descendants of slaves, though census records show his family, like many others, benefited from their labor.
Los Angeles Times:
Eric Swalwell is expected to withdraw from presidential race, Tom Steyer to enter  —  Rep. Eric Swalwell is expected to abandon his uphill run for president Monday and announce that he will instead seek a fifth term in the House.  —  Swalwell's plans were confirmed by a Capitol Hill source with knowledge of his intentions.
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Associated Press:
US Rep. Swalwell ends presidential bid, will seek reelection
Discussion: Washington Post and Balloon Juice
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Trump has referred to his Wharton degree as ‘super genius stuff.’ An admissions officer recalls it differently.  —  PHILADELPHIA — James Nolan was working in the University of Pennsylvania's admissions office in 1966 when he got a phone call from one of his closest friends …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Exclusive excerpt: Justice Kennedy's secret meeting with Trump  —  A new book by the Judicial Crisis Network's Carrie Severino and The Federalist's Mollie Hemingway has some colorful, behind-the-scenes details about the secret White House meeting where former Justice Anthony Kennedy told President Trump he was planning to retire.
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Washington Post:
Trump says U.S. ‘will no longer deal’ with British ambassador who called White House ‘inept’  —  LONDON — President Trump said Monday that the United States would “no longer deal” with the British ambassador who disparaged his administration.  —  In a cache of diplomatic cables leaked …
Discussion: ABC News, CNN, Politico and USA Today
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Gregg Re / Fox News:
Trump says US will ‘no longer deal’ with British ambassador after leaked anti-Trump cables
Áine Cain / Business Insider:
Furious Home Depot shoppers say they're boycotting the store and cutting up their cards after one of the home-improvement retailer's founders said he'd donate some of his fortune to Trump's reelection campaign  — Home Depot's cofounder Bernie Marcus plans to donate to President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection bid.
Associated Press:
AP: Federal grand jury probing GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A federal grand jury in New York is investigating top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, examining whether he used his position as vice chair of President Donald Trump's inaugural committee to drum up business deals …
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Trump officials tell one court Obamacare is failing and another it's thriving … As they push a federal court to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Trump administration lawyers are arguing the law is no longer workable because Congress eliminated a penalty on people who don't have health insurance.
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Obamacare faces a death panel on Tuesday
Discussion: USA Today
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Why Isn't Trump Trying to Win the Center?  —  In theory, that's what he should be doing.  In practice, forget it.  —  What is President Trump going to do to win the voters who rejected him in 2016?  —  It's a serious question.  Roughly 137 million people voted in the last presidential election.
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Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:   Congressional Dems Don't Seem Eager For Trump's New York Tax Returns
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Justin Amash resigns from House committee after dumping GOP  —  Newly declared independent Rep. Justin Amash has formally left the GOP Conference and resigned from the House Oversight Committee, according to a letter he sent to Republican leaders on Monday.  —  “Please accept this letter …
New York Times:
Trump Talks Up 'America's Environmental Leadership' in Climate Speech  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has withdrawn the United States from the international Paris climate change accord, sought to roll back or weaken over 80 environmental regulations and punted on global environmental leadership.
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Jessica Pressler / The Cut:
The Battle of Grace Church What happened when Brooklyn's oldest nursery school decided to become less old-fashioned?  A riot among the one percent.  —  When you buy a home in Brooklyn Heights, you aren't just purchasing real estate, you're purchasing a lifestyle.
Zach Carter / HuffPost:
Nancy Pelosi Doesn't Know Who The Democratic Party Is Anymore  —  She's undermining her own caucus.  —  On Saturday, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd published an interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that reads like an excerpt from The Great Gatsby reimagined for the 21st century.
Discussion: RedState, CNN, USA Today and The Independent
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
The ‘Texas Miracle’ Missed Most of Texas  —  LONGVIEW, Tex. — On the eastern plains of Texas, local leaders are trying to stop the bleeding of talent to the bright lights of Dallas and Austin.  They are sprucing up downtown, completing 10 miles of walking trails, investing in parks and schools …
Steven A. Cook / Foreign Policy:
The Middle East Is Now Split Between Red States and Blue States  —  The region has been carved up into Republican and Democratic countries, to the detriment of the United States.  —  Sen. Arthur Vandenberg, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the late 1940s …
New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren's Fund-Raising: $19.1 Million in 3 Months, Outpacing Sanders  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts raised $19.1 million in the past three months, her campaign said on Monday, a total that places her firmly in the top echelon of the Democratic money race …
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
If I Had Five Minutes to Question Robert Mueller  —  Here's a puzzle: Imagine that you are a member of Congress who, under rules seemingly designed to preclude effective questioning, had exactly five minutes to interview Robert Mueller on national television.  What would you ask him?
Discussion: Althouse
 
 
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Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Felix Sater to testify after missing previously scheduled appearance
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Tess Bonn / The Hill:
Poll: Plurality backs criminal prosecutions for illegal border crossings
Discussion: Breitbart
The Intercept:
Pennsylvania Lawmakers Move to Strip Reformist Prosecutor Larry Krasner of Authority
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
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Washington Post:
Treasury could breach debt ceiling in first half of September, much sooner than previously thought
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CNN:
Breitbart's White House correspondent expected to join White House
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Breitbart and Splinter
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